18. January 2018 · Comments Off on Acupressure Is A Gentle Noninvasive Therapy That Even Premature Infants Can Receive · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags:

Some years ago, in Taiwan’s China Medical University School of Nursing, a double-blind clinical trial involving acupressure meridian massage was performed on premature infants. The treatment was administered on some of these infants three times a day for ten days 15 minute per session. Before the feeding, the treatment group during the sessions was given stomach meridian massage and acupressure kneading applications and had their stomachs rubbed.

Researchers compared the treatment group and the control group (who were given conventional care) and made some impressive observations. While the initial week of the study resulted in no significant difference between the two groups; the week after showed that the infants experienced some improvements, which was markedly higher in the treatment group. These outcomes are encouraging as they show acupressure to be a natural and effective treatment, that neonatal nurses can perform on acupressure therapy on premature babies to promote their growth and improve their health.

What is acupressure?

Acupressure is a similar form of Chinese medicine treatment as acupuncture. Both are designed to stimulate pressure points along the energy channels (called meridians) of the body. Acupressure is a natural noninvasive form of treatment that helps eliminate blockages in the flow of vital energy or chi which then activates the body’s self-healing promoting abilities and restores balance to the body.

Being a type of massage therapy as well as a form of energy medicine, acupressure is a totally pain-free technique. It does not require the use of needles like acupuncture but only the firm and gentle touch of the healer’s hands.

The Positive Effects of Acupressure

Aside from fostering wellness and health among premature infants, acupressure is also used to boost blood flow in the body, enhance the function of the immune system, eliminate stress, bring back proper balance to the body, ameliorate pain, and bolster overall health in both adults and children.

Acupressure has been proven to resolve various health conditions such as arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, and nausea (especially related to cancer), and others illnesses.

Who can Practice Acupressure?

While there are community courses offering basic self healing acupressure methods, an increasing number of schools of Oriental medicine and schools of massage therapy also offer certificate programs for the therapy. Acupressure studies often include traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) philosophies and the history and use of this healing technique regardless if they’re offered as an individual training program or as an advanced study. Also included in the studies are subjects in pathology, physiology, anatomy, meridian therapy, and the theories of the Five Elements.

On a national level, you can attain professional certification in acupressure by passing the Asian Bodywork Therapy or ABT exam, which is given by the NCCAOM or National Certificate Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Since massage therapy is an increasingly popular form of therapy, diverse training of specialized techniques such as acupressure is an indispensible component of holistic health and conventional health practitioners. With regards to the aforementioned clinical trial, nurses can gain an advantage working in neonatal units if they have received training in infant acupressure. More and more veterinary technicians, veterinarians and other conventional medicine professionals are now studying acupressure therapy training to provide better treatments to their canine, feline, and equine patients. After achieving certification to practice acupressure, massage therapists are far better equipped to provide greater in-depth bodywork therapies to their clients; which translates to a significantly higher income.

Izumi “Zoe” Schutz, L.Ac., is a Licensed and Board Certified Acupuncturist in Austin, Texas.

18. January 2018 · Comments Off on Acupressure Facelift Therapy A Natural Way To Regain Your Youthful Looks · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Who doesn’t want to look young looking once again? People who have shekels to spend will choose cosmetic surgery while most of us are forced to resort to expensive potions, lotions, and creams to achieve this. But these products rarely provide the results you truly want. However, there is an inexpensive safe and natural technique that can improve your looks. It is called acupressure facelift therapy and is an everyday procedure that can smooth, firm, and tone your face. If practiced daily and appropriately, your youthful appearance will return.

The method of acupressure facelift is comprised of facial exercises and the application of pressure on various acupressure points on the face. You only need a few minutes of your time each day to perform the therapy and you are guaranteed positive results. Acupressure facelift therapy has been widely performed in China regularly for millennia. No wonder a lot of Asian women have such smooth and beautiful skin.

Acupressure facelift therapy enables you to generate your own facelift exercise regimen which you can integrate into your every day skin care routine. An acupressure facelift procedure revitalizes and tones your facial muscles without the need to resort to painful and expensive plastic surgery. Facial exercises may not give you instant results, but when they do, you will notice a significant difference in the tone of facial skin tone that will result in a facial look that is noticeably younger than your physical age.

How to Get Started with Acupressure Facial Therapy

You or your therapist will use the palms of the hands and the balls of the fingertips to perform the procedure. The facial exercise procedure involves the use of pressure to acupressure points on the face. Gentle but firm pressure is applied and the pressure should not be painful, only a bit uncomfortable.

Your face will have acupoints that are quite sensitive. If you feel these tender spots, then you’re likely touching the correct locations of the acupressure points. With constant performing of your acupressure facial technique, these points will become less sensitive over time.

The Big Wash Exercise Acupressure Facial Technique

Developed in California by an acupuncturist named Yen Wei Choong, the Big Wash Exercise method is an acupressure exercise routine that works in preventing wrinkles, cleansing of the complexion, and stimulation of the skin.

To begin this procedure, you first need to wash and dry your hands. Then put your palms together and rub them rapidly back and forth. Rub those palms together for about forty times. This will make your palms warm, which is a sign of a buildup of vital energy or qi in your palms. This technique is based on a Chinese medicine theory that believes a wrinkle is really the result of stagnant qi.

With your fingers by the side of the bridge of your nose, put your hands on your face then move the hands in a roundabout motion and then in an upward motion. While the tips of your finger move over your forehead as you move your hands upward, start to move the tips of your fingers downward as your thumbs pass along your ears. Do this process again, using your fingertips this time begin at the chin, moving along your nose’s side, on to your eyes, and over the forehead. Move your fingertips over the hairline as you reach the top of your forehead, then along the ears, going downward to the chin.

Gently perform this washing motion over your face 36 times.

You Qi energy will balance in your facial skin when you repeat this procedure daily. This will slow down the aging process of your face and in addition will augment the efficacy of the anti-aging topical creams you may be using.

There is really no need to submit your face to grueling, highly invasive, and dangerous surgery. With acupressure facelift therapy, you can attain the same results as surgery without risking your appearance and spending a small fortune to achieve them.

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11. January 2018 · Comments Off on The History and Benefits of Chinese Internal Exercises · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine

As a species, we are no longer hunter-gatherers; therefore, we no longer need to build extreme muscles. This means we really don’t need to do anymore any heavy elaborate muscle building exercises, squash, or jogging. Of course, there are exceptions to this, as indeed there are to everything! What activities most people can derive benefits from are gentle internal activities that enhance blood flow and improve breathing enabling the body to heal itself properly.

These exercises have actually been practiced for a very long time in Asia. They were first introduced to the world three thousand years ago in the medical paper that was introduced by the Yellow Emperor. This 24 volume document is known as “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” and it entails a discussion between the Yellow Emperor himself and six of his Ministers. This document is actually a consummation of all the information the Chinese had gathered dealing with medicine and was committed in writing around 250 B.C. It is regarded as the world’s oldest medical treatise. In 1949, it was translated into English during the period when the West was starting to take an interest in Maitland Chinese medicine, particularly, acupuncture.

Lao Tse, the founder of Taoist philosophy also acknowledges in the manuscript “Tao Te Ching” these exercises, which appeared long before the Yellow Emperor’s document, which implies these exercises may have even earlier supporters. If these gentle exercises have been around for thousands of years, it is only logical to assume that they must have helped people restore, develop or maintain their health otherwise they would have been abandoned and forgotten a long time ago.

In our present age, these exercises have found new life in Japanese “Do-In” clubs where business associates meet regularly in order to address their specific health problems and work together. These exercises are called “Chi-Kung” (which translates to breathing and energizing) in China.

Some time ago, the Gauolin Research Report published a study led by Chinese physician Pao Lin. This study involves the participation of 2,873 patients who allegedly were suffering from terminal cancer. In treating these patients, he utilized Chi-Kung exercises. After six months of study, 12 percent of the cancer patients experienced a full remission of their symptoms, while an amazing 47 percent manifested significant improvement. The rest of the patients (41 percent) had no change in their condition despite using those “revitalizing exercises.” Be that as it may, a 59 percent rate of improvement rate is extremely impressive considering it was achieved without the use of any type of surgery or drugs.

In 1976, in the United States, a physician named Cecilia Rosenfeld self-experimented with these exercises. She learned them under the tutelage of Dr. Stephen Chang, author of the book “The Complete System of Self-Healing” and California practitioner. Results from Dr. Rosenfeld’s study showed that she derived almost instantaneous positive effects from the exercises she mastered from Dr. Chang. She was so amazed of the results that she decided to recommend them to her own patients. Her patients manifested an 80 percent overall improvement in their state of health after only a week of exercise. She was impelled to recruit eight nurses who were instructed in these revitalizing exercises. Each nurse was assigned to one group of patients. The outcomes were indeed again impressive. They showed patients experiencing major improvements without any pain or side-effects. The nurses were so inspired of the outcomes that they would spend their days explaining this energy based path to wellness.

One nurse described her routine in this manner: “We felt as if we were ready to die after working (non-stop) for eight hours standing. But since performing these exercises a hundred times a day, we now have more than enough energy to do our tasks tirelessly and properly”.

04. January 2018 · Comments Off on Is There A Feng Shui Remedy For A Noisy Neighbor? · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

I am sometimes asked whether any Feng Shui remedy to quiet a noisy neighbor exists. The kind of chronic noise can differ and depend on what is causing it. Knowing those factors can determine what type of approach should be taken.

One of my clients who complained about a noisy neighbor told me that the neighbor they share an apartment wall with are a couple who argue and they can tell whether they are physically fighting. The problem is since the violent husband has seniority in the same company as my client’s, he is hesitant to make it known he was the one reporting the crime and hence refuse to call the police. In short, my client doesn’t want to lose his job.

Obviously, my client is in an extremely odious circumstance to be in: to not report violence as your job could be in jeopardy. In some of the recent complaints about a noisy neighbor, it was typically a problem involving someone in an adjacent unit who’s clueless of just how loud his voice is or an inconsiderate neighbor who shakes the whole building with every subsonic blast of his subwoofers.

Some years ago, a client told me that she placed a mirror’s reflective side on the floor, which faced the unit of her neighbor unit below her. She had read in an online Feng Shui article about this “solution” which according to her was a New Age version of Feng Shui and she averred that it worked – after placing the mirror, the neighbor quieted down. This may seem magical but it actually perpetuates the false notions people have about Feng Shui. What she did is akin to her casting some spell over another person.

In truth, there actually is no preset solution of how to address the problem of a noisy neighbor. For instance, if you have a neighbor that has a very loud and powerful subwoofer, even sound proofing your walls would be futile, as low frequency sounds can easily go through thick walls or even steel. Perhaps, the only solution is to talk to the neighbor, complain to your landlord, or just find another place to stay. Most of the time, a neighbor may not respond in the manner you desire if you just tell them they are too noisy. It may also be a good idea to record the sound of their noise and play it to them to let them know just how annoying they are. Countering their noise with another noise won’t make the problem go away; in fact, it may only make it worse.

Apartment dwellers are not the only ones who have a problem with noisy neighbors. Folks who live on large properties or in single family residences tend to also have this kind of issue.

One case of a neighbor problem where I have seen a Feng Shui correlation is where a client had indicators in his/her own home that could disclose of their susceptibility to legal issues, gossip, or arguments. There is a big a good chance that both the houses have similar Feng Shui if they were built in the same time frame and are oriented the same direction. In simple terms, , if adjoining neighbors have the same Feng Shui elements that could bring about irritations and annoyances, those issues could be actually targeted toward each other! Occasionally, after you have balanced your own Feng Shui, it may likely result in you being less prone or less likely attracted to these kinds of hassles.

Rather than taking an aggressive stance and thinking of something like “ba gua” mirrors or “poison arrows”, I would recommend that a gift basket to your neighbor attached with a friendly note can be a much better Feng Shui and keep the psychic energy between domiciles more sympathetic and harmonious.

But if you are unfortunate enough to have a noisy neighbor who is a narcissist, a psychopath, an idiot, or has gross mental health issues, then my advice to you is to move.

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04. January 2018 · Comments Off on The Many Uses Of Gua Sha Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

For the past few years, more and more healing techniques that are dissimilar from the conventional modes of treatment practiced by physiotherapists and physicians are coming to the fore. Thanks to social media and the internet, healing practices from different cultures are now easily being taught and shared with each other.

Gua Sha therapy is one of these. It is a natural non-invasive therapy that is one of the branches of an ancient healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Having been used by acupuncturists for thousands of years, gua sha is now being integrated into the practices of physiotherapists and chiropractors who are starting to take notice of it.

What is Gua Sha Therapy?

A form of treatment that entails the scraping of the skin for a few moments (half a minute to a full minute in any part of the body), gua sha works by clearing out toxins and fostering blood flow in the targeted area. According to Chinese medicine, this is known as freeing the Chi or Qi. One of the side effects of the therapy is the light bruising caused by the scraping motions. The bruising is often thought to be discomforting and painful, whereas it actually enhances the flow of energy and blood throughout the body.

Gua sha is a therapy indigenous to China and has been passed down and used for thousands of years. In the same manner that cupping has turned to be a popular treatment in North America (though still associated with looking horrible and pain), Gua Sha is now only beginning to find its way into Western culture and its benefits are being garnered by people who are willing to try it.

When you first come in to an acupuncture clinic in order to undergo this gua sha therapy, the acupuncturist may first apply lotions or special oils over your skin so that it is well lubricated which facilitates the treatment process. The acupuncturist may use a relatively blunt and smooth tool and stroke it over the problematic areas of your body. They can include your back, leg, arm, neck, etc. The acupuncturist may apply mild pressure in order to remove the toxins and cause the redness.

The tool is used to stroke away in every spot for no more than a minute. We need to emphasize that the red marks that appear on the skin signs that the treatment is successful. The acupuncturist should not work on any body parts that do not cause redness.

The petechiae or red bright marks tend to linger for no more than three to four days so there’s really nothing to worry about.

The Treatment’s Benefits

One of the biggest reasons folks use the treatment is its extreme effectiveness in dealing with joint or muscle pain like an inflamed back, neck pain, plantar fasciitis, or arthritis. You can find other natural forms of healing techniques, but this is the most common.

People usually see results within minutes of the treatment.

One of the greatest things about qua sha is that you can break up the connective tissues in the body, while other techniques such as trigger balls, foam rolling, and massages that just simply provide compression is less effective.

One of the other uses of Gua Sha is for the treatment of colds and flu. And while it may not seem as though it would work for the treatment of a cold, this technique is known to enhance the function of your immune system and help recuperate in that aspect. How the treatment works has not yet been sufficiently explained although it is believed that the treatment fosters the distribution of nutrients by improving blood circulation that allows for healing.

Where can you get the treatment?

A Miami acupuncturist who is licensed and has a clinical staff that is well-trained in Gua Sha practices is the person who can administer this type of treatment. If you know how to perform Gua Sha, you can administer it on yourself on the parts of the body requiring treatment. If it’s on your neck, legs, or shoulder you can easily get a Gua Sha tool and perform self-treatment. You just have to follow the red marks to know where to stroke.